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3 years ago

Google Maps adds more 3D buildings in more cities

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Google's just unwrapped more three-dimensional buildings in a number of cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder (Colo.) and 11 cities in South Africa. Those are in addition to New York City, Zurich, Milan and others.

You don't have to do anything -- the updated maps are all on Google's side. To view the 3D buildings, just make sure you're viewing things in map mode (not satellite), then zoom in and use two fingers to change the viewing angle.

And in case you're wondering, the image above is from the site of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro checks in at the FCC

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It has been quite a while since Sony Ericsson officially announced the Xperia Pro. In that time we've seen bits and pieces of info here and there about it being launched in the UK but now its been featured in a full blown FCC review. It's still missing those glorious 3G bands for the US but it does come with 900MHz and 2100MHz HSPA making it prime for those of you across the pond.

Source: FCC

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3 years ago

New Desire HD update addresses Wifi issues

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According to reports from multiple forums, HTC is now rolling out a new over-the-air update for the Desire HD, bringing the handset up to software version 2.50.405.2. The new software is still based on Android 2.3.3 and Sense 2.1, but includes a fix for Wifi connectivity issues that some users have been experiencing. So far the update is only rolling out to unbranded Desire HD units in Europe, so you may have to wait a little longer if you're using a carrier-branded DHD.

Be sure to let us know in the comments if you've received the update on your Desire HD, and if you're noticing better Wifi performance as a result.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

The best free backgammon apps on Android tablets

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One thing a 10-inch tablet is perfect for is playing Backgammon. If you've never played, it's an ancient game -- something like 5,000 years old, by some accounts that involves rolling dice and removing all of your pieces (or checkers) from the board. It's a good mix of strategy and luck, and it really doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

We've taken a look at some of the free backgammon games available in the Android Market, and gave them a go on a Honeycomb tablet. Check 'em out after the break.

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3 years ago

ComiXology out of beta, brings DC Comics to your Android device

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It's been more than half a year since ComiXology hit beta status. And now, just in time for the San Diego Comic-Con, ComiXology is out of beta and bringing countless comics to your Android device. The app itself is free in the Android Market; comic issues run from 99 cents to $2.99. There are more than 3,000 issues available from the DC Comics and Vertigo libraries.

Download links are after the break.

Source: ComiXology blog

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3 years ago

Eric Schmidt comments on Android growth and the patent situation

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Google held an event in Tokyo yesterday entitled Google Mobile Revolution. Former CEO Eric Schmidt was the speaker and hit on everything from the explosive growth of Android to the Apple/HTC patent issue.

Concerning the growth of its mobile operating system Schmidt said that he expects Android to be the most popular platform in Asia due to lower prices brought about by increased competition. Asia boasts some of the world’s fastest growing economies; this, coupled with the booming populations of these nations make the possibilities for adoption endless. Quoting Schmidt:

“Every month, China and India are adding 10 million mobile subscribers and we expect to see amazing growth in markets with lower penetration rates such as Indonesia and the Philippines.”

The patent issues were also brought up, which Google hasn’t commented on much thus far. Friday represents a potential blow to the Android platform as it was ruled that HTC infringed on 2 of Apple’s patents. Schmidt remarked:

"We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations. I’m not too worried about this.”

This is very similar language to what Larry Page said on the his most recent earnings call regarding patents. However, Schmidt was also asked directly about the HTC/Apple issue and whether Google would help HTC’s legal bills. His response:

“We will make sure they don’t lose, then.”

What exactly Google’s plans are regarding support for its OEMs remains to be seen, but it’s good to see a Google executive comment directly on the case. There's no doubt that Android is being attacked mainly due to its success. Its growth outlook, particularly in the Asian continents represents exponential growth, which will only invite more lawsuits. It's pretty safe to say that Google has invested heavily in Android and won't let it or its OEMs go anytime soon.

Source: ZDNet Asia

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3 years ago

The Box Mobile Developer Challenge offering $25,000 and more for the best mobile apps

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Box is offering prizes ranging from $25,000 to free HP TouchPads for the developers who can build the best 10 mobile apps.  Between now and Sept. 9, Android, webOS, and iOS developers can submit their applications to the folks at box.net, who are looking for "the next generation of enterprise-grade mobile applications that will enable workers to be as productive in the field as they are in the office."

First prize is $25,000 US, second place walks away with $10,000 US, and the top ten all receive a free HP TouchPad.  In addition, the top two winners each get $5,000 in the InMobi ad network, and a chance to pitch their ideas to venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which is quite a nice prize as well.  If you're an application developer, and feel up to it, be sure to check it out -- and be sure let us know what you're working on when it's ready for us to have a peek.

Source: Box.net

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3 years ago

Kelvin Taylor, son of NFL great Fred Taylor, gets his own Android app

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If you're an NFL fan, you know the name Fred Taylor, the hard nosed running back who played most of his career for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His son, Kelvin Taylor, is now a high school football player who is looking to follow in his father's footsteps. If you're a fan of the Taylors or just want to track a good young football player's progress, Kelvin now has a free app that is currently exclusive to the Android platform.

The app is divided into four sections:

  • HS Football: provides news and analysis pertaining to the biggest high school football stars and the college recruiting process
  • Twitter: Shows Kevlin Taylor's Twitter stream @ImKelvinTaylor
  • Video Footage: Gives users access to video footage of both Kelvin and his father Fred
  • Photos: Organizes various football photos of Kelvin

What's interesting to note is that Kelvin decided to release the app on Android first, though the iPhone version is 'coming soon'. If you're a huge high school football fan or want progress on Fred Taylor's son, find the link to the app after the break.

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3 years ago

Blue Drone -- Android controlled R/C car looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Blue Drone is a Bluetooth controlled R/C car that can be controlled by any Android device running Android 2.0 and higher.  It's currently in its initial phase at Kickstarter, where the developer is looking for initial interest in order to justify the production costs.  If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can opt-in and support a new project, and if the funding goals are met you'll be charged and receive what you've paid for.  If the goal isn't met, you aren't charged and the project is left to seek funding elsewhere, or just fizzle away.

This one is way too cool to let that happen.  For a buy-in of $59, you'll get a scale model R/C car, and the app to control it from your Android phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.  The car is controlled via the touchscreen or uses the accelerometer for steering.  You'll get three hours use from a trio of AAA batteries, and the whole set-up has a 30 foot range.  Check the video above, this looks like loads of fun.  Hit the source link for more information.

Source: Kickstarter; Thanks, Steve!

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the TeleNav, Sprint, and Android Central EVO 3D giveaway

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The two winners of the TeleNav, Sprint, and Android Central EVO 3D giveaway have been chosen from the over 2,100 entries.  Without further ado, the winners are (envelope please):

  • The_Big_H
  • ThaCounty

We'll pass the e-mail address you used for registering at Android Central on to the right people, who will reach out to you for shipping information.  On behalf of all of us here at Android Central, congratulations and enjoy your new EVO 3D -- and be sure to drop by the forums for all the hints and tips about the EVO 3D you'll ever need.  Look for more contests and giveaways soon, folks.

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